CFPB Releases First MOU With Tribal Government

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On February 12, the CFPB released a memorandum of understanding (MOU) it entered into last month with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice, pursuant to which the parties will share information. The MOU provides for confidential treatment and protection from FOIA disclosure of Navajo Nation documents and information provided to the CFPB, and establishes a framework pursuant to which the Navajo Nation can seek information from the CFPB. Notably, nearly a year ago, in remarks to state attorneys general, CFPB Director Richard Cordray stated the CFPB’s intent to focus on payday lenders associated with Native American tribes. The MOU could facilitate the CFPB’s efforts to pursue such lenders.